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Connie Choi, curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, talks about her career in...

Viewers to an art exhibition usually focus their attention on the works of art. Some read the information on the wall cards and panels. But the work of curators, the people who choose and...

Harlem comes to Seattle: “Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem”

Retrospective exhibitions usually focus on a single artist. Works that span a career are brought together to offer perspective on the artist’s life and work. A retrospective of a museum is rare and more...

Consumers or consumed? Curator Tariqa Waters asks the question

To most people, yellow is just a color: simple, bright, visceral, sunny. But FD&C Yellow 5, also known as tartrazine, is a synthetic chemical dye; its use in food and cosmetics is controversial. For...

A stream of consciousness that occupied artist Roger Shimomura while in quarantine throughout the...

Like most of us, Roger Shimomura has spent the last 10 months in isolation; in his case, his home and studio in Lawrence, Kansas. For Shimomura, the pandemic has been an intellectually fertile, artistically...

“Carrie Yamaoka: recto/verso” is not so much about what you see as how it...

It’s hard to appreciate Carrie Yamaoka’s work from photographs. Images that look like people are often reflections on a shiny surface; of the artist, the photographer, or whoever was in the room at the...

Ro Ho: A Jeweler’s Tale at Bellevue Art Museum showcases the breadth of his...

Ronald Tau Wo Ho was a renowned jewelry artist, a beloved teacher, and an intrepid and passionate traveler. When he died in 2017, just short of 81, he left a distinguished body of his...

The Portland Japanese Garden, an interlude with nature and a taste of Japan, without...

While Japanese gardens typically represent a single historical style, Portland’s garden encompasses five different styles, laid out over an expansive twelve acres. The original plan by Professor Takuma Tono of Tokyo Agricultural University allows visitors to experience the range and history of Japanese garden design.

Shokunin: Five Kyoto artisans look to the future

Modern life bombards us with information, demanding more of our shrinking attention spans and reducing our relationships to clicks and bytes. Everyone needs a place where they can slow down and savor the passage...

Abid’s ‘Searching for Home’ reveals the plight of refugee women and children

The purpose of art is to communicate: to share the beauty of an object or place, to convey a feeling, to rally around a cause, to remember a person, to tell a story. Artists create because they have something to say. Humaira Abid has made it her business to speak for those who are not being heard. Growing up in Pakistan, she had to fight for the right to follow her passion: to study art in college and pursue it as a career. She had to push back against her family’s expectations and the role society defined for her as a woman. Later, as a wife, she endured three miscarriages in order to become a mother. Out of these experiences came an empathy for the struggles of all women, that she expresses in her art. The seven works in Searching for Home, her current show at the Bellevue Arts Museum, illuminate the plight of women and children who flee their own countries; the threats that drive them out; and the dangers they encounter as refugees

Ron Ho remembered as generous, elegant man of impeccable taste

Ron Ho left his mark on the world. A maker of beautiful jewelry, his monumental necklaces are works of art and storytelling. A teacher of art, he guided the hands and trained the eyes...